Lions Mane Mushroom

The Lions Mane mushroom has long been historically known to be an edible and medicinal  mushroom. It’s appealing formation resembling the long tresses of a lion, has contributed greatly to the name given to it, but it is also commonly known as monkey’s head, old mans beard, and yamabushitake, a Japanese word that translates as ” those who sleep in the mountains”. This fungi does not have your typical mushroom appearance of a simple stem and cap. It’s white, cascading spines grow downward in a fork, changing color from brown to yellowish-brown as it ages.   

Lions Mane is most abundantly found in the southern regions of the Unites States but has also been reported in different areas around North America, Europe, China and Japan. It is usually seen growing off of old, dead, deciduous, broadleaf trees such as oak, walnut, beech, maple and sycamore stumps or logs.  

Clinically, Lions Mane has been most recognized for it’s ability to support brain function, memory and mood. In Traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, Lions Mane is used to fortify or strengthen the spleen, nourish the gut and as as treatment under that of an anticancer substance. 

Neurological Activity of Lions Mane ( Hericium Erinaceus)

Lions Mane mushroom has been found to be abundant with powerful bioactive compounds such as B- glucan polysaccharides, hericenones, erinacine terpenoids, isoindolinones, sterols, and myconutrients which potentially have neuroprotective and neuroregenerative properties. Certain fungal polysaccharides that have been isolated from Lions Mane have shown antitumor activity but several studies reveal a number of activities attributed to these chemical compounds. For example, extracellular and intracellular polysaccharides showed a protective effect on oxidative hepatotoxicity in rats. The neuroprotective effects of Hericium erinaceus polysaccharides (HEP’s) have been observed in an in vitro model of cells that were toxic from amyloid B plaque formation. In this model, HEP’s decreased the production of reactive oxygen species from 80% to 58% in a dose dependent manner, and increased the efficacy of free radical scavenging.


Real Mushrooms


Real Mushrooms is a top leading brand of organic mushroom extracts in the North American market, with the driven purpose of providing the mass public with high quality medicinal mushroom extracts. Real Mushrooms put emphasis on the term “real” because is has been brought to our attention that lots, if not most of the so called “mushroom” products that are made available on the market, especially online, do not contain the mushroom fruiting body but the mycelium that is grown on grains.

Manifested through family relations, Real Mushrooms first began after a deep discussion between Skye Chilton, the founder of Real Mushrooms, and his father Jeff Chilton. The Chilton family is deeply imbedded in the sector of mushroom cultivation. Jeff Chilton is a foundational figure in the mushroom market of North America as Jeff was one of the first to bring mushroom extracts to the North American market and organized the first organic mushroom growers workshop in China back in 1996. He has over 40 years of mushroom growing experience and is also the founder of Nammex, the leading suppler brand of organic mushroom extract ingredients to supplement companies in the North American region. Since 1989 Nammex has pioneered the development and manufacture of mushroom extracts for the health and wellness industry. Jeff and Skye Chilton had the vision of creating an authentic mushroom brand that people can trust will provide them with the essence of nature. Skye Chilton watched all of this influence generate over his father as he grew up having different kinds of dreams. His background in computers had him convinced of becoming a video game designer. However, things started to make a turn later in his life, as he started to focus more on his health and wellbeing. He began to notice that their seemed to be a lack of quality mushroom supplements in the North American market, which consumers were unaware of. Driven by his frustration, Skye and Jeff discussed about starting a family owned and operated business that would supply consumers with top quality, real mushroom products. It was out of these conversations that Real Mushrooms came to be what it is today.

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Real Mushrooms takes pride in what they are and in what they have to offer. Quality ingredients should always be the most desirable as they should obviously promote greater efficacy and safety. At The Garden In The Jungle we have learned that not all  mushroom products are made alike. We’ve learned that the mushroom market of North America is dominated by products that rarely contain the actual fruiting body that is the mushroom, or these products are never actually made with any part of the fruiting body at all but instead contain mycelium that is grown on grain. These products are commonly marketed as “mushroom” products yet they contain no mushrooms at all. To make matters worse, at times, the grains are not even separated from the mycelium and so the products are mainly the grain that the mycelium is growing on. This kind of marketing technique and business model is a big finger to mushroom lovers and enthusiasts everywhere. Very few of the important medicinal compounds found in these mushroom fruiting bodies remain in these products since the bulk of the product is grain. This thievery is not just of our pockets but of our health and development, which is why we we are honored to bring to you Real Mushrooms. 

A Better Source For Real Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a rich history in the past time of China. The cultivation of mushrooms for culinary and medicinal purposes dates back over thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of the most revered species of mushrooms that can be considered foundational to Traditional Chinese Medicine such as the Reishi, shiitake, cordyceps and turkey tail mushrooms have long been used with traditional herbs to treat a variety of ailments like insomnia, fatigue, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Over time, as the many years went by, the Chinese developed an instinctive expertise in mushroom cultivation compared to the rest of the world. China grows a wide variety of medicinal mushrooms at a scale that can’t be replicated in North America. 

We take pride in being in association with Real Mushrooms, just as they take pride in providing genuine mushroom extracts of the highest quality. They use, exclusively, the mushroom fruiting body in all of their products. No mycelium and no grains. All of the extracts provided by Real Mushrooms are from the leading supplier of organic mushroom extracts, the aforementioned Nammex. With over 40 years of mushroom growing experience, Nammex was one of the first companies to bring organic mushroom extracts to North America. Their ingredients go through rigorous quality control and are tested twice for heavy metals, agricultural chemicals and microbial contamination to ensure that they meet all standards for dietary supplements of this kind. All of their extracts are made from certified organic mushroom fruiting bodies, organically grown or wildcrafted from the mountainous regions of China.  

Mushroom cultivation for health product ventures in North American when compared to China, has proved to be not very economical for the producer. Mushrooms used for dietary supplements are rarely grown in North America because it is too expensive. In actuality, China is the leading supplier of mushrooms worldwide and supplies over 85% of the worlds mushrooms. China is one of the very few paces where you can get 100% organic mushroom fruiting body extracts that can be sold at an affordable price. This is a big reason why its noteworthy to keep in mind that any mushroom products made in the United States are typically not made from mushrooms but mycelium.

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